There are a number of methods that are very effective for the treatment of various children’s problems and in our experience the children respond very well to them. These methods include Acupuncture, Moxa, Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and also dietary & lifestyle advice.
Each child has an individual treatment plan and therefore different methods are suitable for different patients, some find acupuncture works well, others might need a more delicate approach with moxa and painless point stimulation, others Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) or perhaps a little of each.
Treatments are suitable for all ages from babies to teenagers.
Usually four to six points are chosen and very fine sterile, needles are inserted into the relevant points. This may cause a slight pricking sensation, much less than an injection or immunization. Some children cry a little, but are easily comforted after the needle is removed. It all happens very quickly, just a minute or so. Usually the child can stay on the parents/guardians lap while the treatment takes place, a nice safe place to be.
The treatment technique for children is very different than that of adults, the needles are inserted, manipulated and removed immediately in one movement or on rare occasions, more so for older children and teenagers, they are retained (left in the patient) for a short time.
The practice is very safe and the practitioner has undergone an extensive training for over five years and is fully licensed and registered with the BACC, therefore following all the standards and safe codes of practice. Also all needles are pre- sterised and are disposed of after single use.
Moxa therapy also uses acupuncture points but instead of inserting needles into the points they are heated up by a smoulding herb stick known as moxa, it is prepared from the herb “mugwort” (Artemisa vulgaris). The herb is rolled into a cigar shape, lit at the end and directed onto the acupuncture points. It is a very relaxing and pleasant sensation and a great alternative for the more sensitive child. Also it is great for all cold conditions (where child has pale face and suffers from cramps and colic)
Tui na (Chinese Medical Massage) also uses acupuncture points, which are gently stimulated by hand. Since the pediatric tui na techniques are simple, parents can also learn and practice some of the techniques themselves and help the child’s healing process by repeating the treatments at home.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer help with many common pediatric complaints, including:
- Frequent Colds, Coughs, and Earaches
- Allergy Symptoms and other Respiratory Issues
- Rashes and Skin Complaints
- Digestive Disorders
- Bed Wetting
- Behavioral Issues
- Weak Constitution
- General wellness and Preventative care